If you have read my most recent posts, you know I’ve been doing hospital duty. Any of you who have done that know how very frustrating it can be to say nothing of tiring and, did I say boring! If the patient enters through the emergency room, that adds to the frustration as it can be hours of waiting before he or she is treated and admitted. And, if observations are correct, during the wait, some staff is more interested in chatting on cellphones than paying attention to the needs of the patient. Go figure!
Being admitted doesn’t end the waiting if my mother’s recent situation is any indication. It was a full two hours before anyone came to take her vitals or hook her up to IV’s. When you don’t know what is going on and a person is really sick, that can be a little frightening. Just ask the daughter who was covering the bases until I got to Houston.
For the week plus Mother was in the hospital, it was discouraging to see how little contact nurses actually have with their patients. It seems that in today’s world more emphasis is placed on paperwork than on patient care. What a shame! I cannot help but wonder how a patient makes it in the hospital without a family member or full time caregiver being present to advocate. Yes, there are a lot of sick people in a hospital requiring much of staff, but when help is needed, the request should be responded to, not treated as if it were an imposition.
Now, there’s more to the story than the frustrations experienced in the hospital. It is learning first hand that our medical/insurance system is totally screwed up. Some of you will say AMEN to that! I won’t go into all the details of that observation, but be warned that Medicare or its benefits administered by another service are not universally accepted. Many health care providers just don’t want to jump through all the hoops involved with filing claims. This creates a whole new set of problems once a patient is released from the hospital and requires skilled nursing/rehab, and once more a question is raised. What happens to people who can’t pay? Insurance isn’t going to solve the problem if facilities don’t accept it!
I feel very strongly that if elected officials making the decisions about health care were held to the same standards as the rest of us, things might not be so complicated. It is obvious that the system is flawed, and I have no confidence that Washington is going to fix it unless we voters put pressure on the people we elect to participate in the same system we do. Perhaps, then some common sense would enter into the process though without good people being elected, even that is debatable.
OK, I have vented, but I think we are talking about some very serious issues here that ultimately will affect all of us. That in itself is a very scary thought. Just curious, what are your opinions?
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